Well, this is a “peaceful protest” the left may not be so sympathetic towards.
Orthodox Jews rioted in Brooklyn this week, blocking traffic and making small medical mask bonfires in protest of being singled out by the Cuomo and de Blasio administrations for their failure to comply with COVID-19 rules issued by the governor and mayor’s offices.
The New York Post reports:
Hundreds of members of the Borough Park Orthodox community took to the streets Tuesday night, defying orders to disperse and lighting a fire in protest of new state-mandated restrictions imposed on area synagogues, schools and non-essential businesses over a COVID-19 surge.
One large crowd huddled closely together at the corner of 50th Street and 15th Avenue at about 9 p.m. as community activist Heshy Tischler ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the order that shuts down schools completely and limits houses of worship to 10 people in certain COVID-19 hot spots.
Things also turned unruly when the crowd lit a rubbish fire after midnight at the intersection of 46th Street and 13th Avenue and chased away two city sheriff’s deputies who responded.
The defiant crowd chanted “Jewish lives matter” as they held their ground.
— SV News 🚨 (@SVNewsAlerts) October 7, 2020
Jewish men and boys in Brooklyn start a fire in the street to protest COVID-19 restrictions. pic.twitter.com/ez6N9RTEXC
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 7, 2020
The Tuesday evening unrest came in response to a threat from Governor Andrew Cuomo to close synagogues unless they adhere to the state’s restrictions as the city sees a spike in cases that coincides with the Jewish High Holiday season, in which many Orthodox Jews congregate in large numbers in synangogues and homes to fast, pray, and celebrate, as Breitbart explains.
“I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, ‘If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues,” he said on Monday, later adding he would say the same to “black ministers.”
Earlier this year, de Blasio personally confronted a group of Orthodox mourners who gathered for the funeral of a local rabbi, flaked with members of NYPD, before doing a complete about-face about large gatherings just over a month later when protesters and rioters unleashed havoc on the city, including de Blasio’s own daughter.
Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
— Reuven Blau (@ReuvenBlau) April 29, 2020
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